Village News 12/1/16

Dear Village Neighbor / Friend,


Hope all enjoyed Thanksgiving. First time for me eating a smoked turkey. In fact the gravy was also smoked and all was very good. Compliments to the chef – USAF LTC Glenn Cooley.


Directory Ads – Steve at Printing Ideas has set the rates for ads in our next Community Directory:


  • Back cover/inside back cover (8x10") - $230.00 (Only 1 spot available)
  • Full page ad (8x10") - $150.00
  • Half page ad (5x8") - $95.00
  • Quarter page ad (4x5") - $55.00


If interested, reserve a spot with Steve at or by phone at 703/591-1708. You can also find his contact information in their ad in our current directory.


Free Tickets – to the Washington, DC holiday season annual kick-off concert for (Joy to the World!) performed by the talented musicians of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” will be presented at DAR Constitution Hall: December 2-4, 2016! The halls will be decked, holiday musical favorites will abound, and you never know what characters might show up to help celebrate the season with The U.S. Army Orchestra, Herald Trumpets, and Army Band vocalists!


John Hoffmann (Landor Lane) has tickets available for the following performances:


  • Friday, December 2 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 3 at 3:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 PM


The concert is free but you MUST have a ticket to get in. Call John, 703/866-3577 to arrange pick up.

Support Rolling Valley ES PTA - at ZinBurger at the Springfield Town Center - from Carla Spitler (Greenview Lane) - Come and dine at ZinBurger at the Springfield Town Center, 6795 Springfield Mall and support Rolling Valley Elementary School and its PTA. You’ll need to bring the attached flyer to show that you want your meal to count toward RVES. 20% of receipts will go to the school's PTA to help directly support the school and students. This fundraiser is being held next Tuesday, 6 December all day! Don't forget to present the RVES flyer when you pay your bill!

Baby Crib Needed – Bobbie McClain (Ontario) needs a crib for a 17 month old and growing child. If you have one and willing to sell or give away, call Bobbie at 703/569-2850.

Liberty Remodeling – Received reports that solicitors from this firm are claiming we had hail damage and wanting to take pictures of roofs. I don’t recall any hailstorm. They may be legit or maybe not. Be warned and beware! Thanks Janelle for the heads up.

From the county website:  Any individual who sells goods or services door-to-door is required to have a Solicitors License. Solicitors may sell goods including, but not limited to, books, magazine subscriptions, flowers, firewood, coupon books, frozen meat, ice cream, or ready-to-eat hot foods. They may also offer services such as tree work, driveway sealing, high-speed internet and cable service, free estimates for home improvements, or home security alarm systems. Those selling certain products are exempt and do not require a license.

Soliciting without a license is a criminal offense and violators of Chapter 31 may be charged with a Class 2 Misdemeanor.    

The Fairfax County Solicitor's License is a laminated card that displays the solicitor's photograph, name, and personal information on the front side. The back side of the license displays the solicitor's business information and thumbprints. It is valid for one year from date of issue.

 Solicitors License Front             SOlicitors License Back

Rolling Valley Elementary School Coat Drive – now until 9 December. Donate new or gently used coats for their coat drive. All coats will be donated to One Warm Coat, an organization that provides coats for men, women, and children in need. They are accepting coats for any age!  Please drop off in the front lobby of the school.


Village-Owned & Operated Businesses – If you’d like to feature your business, send a brief narrative about it along with contact information to and also to


This week we’ll feature Jeremy Barber’s Live Oak Restaurant located at 1603 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria 22301, 57/312-0402, They serve Charleston inspired southern cuisine to include my favorite Fried Green Tomatoes and Shrimp Po-Boy. Some may recall they catered one of our socials and the food was well worth the price of admission. Check out their website for more information and to make reservations.


Upcoming Events:


            1. Christmas Party – Don & Susan Cheney will again host the annual Village Christmas Party at their 6702 Ontario Street home on 17 December starting come our annual Village Christmas Party. Don & Susan provide a nice fire, hot apple cider and treats for all to enjoy as we wait for Santa Claus to make a pre-Christmas visit to our village. We do ask that you also bring holiday treats to share and a clearly marked gift for your child if you want Santa to present the present to him or her. Drop off those clearly marked gifts with your child’s name written on it before we start gathering at/about 6:30 PM. Santa believes that he will arrive at/about 7:10 PM if Rudolph can again find the way. This is a fun family event and evening that all of us can enjoy even if bitterly cold that evening. Regardless of your religion, come celebrate the holidays with neighbors and friends.

            2. Christmas Caroling –Before the Christmas Party begins, Jason & Kerri Henry will lead a group of carolers from their assembly point (Village West Pool) to the Cheney’s home. Please note the route is longer than in past years so plan accordingly. Jason asks that those interested in caroling assemble at the pool at 5:45 PM, expecting to commence the walking and singing at/about 5:50 PM. Words to the carols will be provided to help make this another joyful, family event whether you join them or serenaded by them as they pass by your home.

            3. Holiday Decorating Contest – Each year, families are invited to judge their top 5 winners based on whatever criteria your children suggest. We ask that you drive to see each of the homes in the village (see the map in your directory) during the evenings of the 17th through the 20th of December. And then select your top 5 to send via email to me ( by late evening on the 20th.  We will tabulate the results and pick the top 3. We ask you for your top 5 so as to reduce the chance of a tie. Lastly, we place the highly coveted Decorating Contest Signs 1st – 3rd place on the respective yards. Each year we have more homes that are truly entertaining. Cruise the village to enjoy the displays and contribute your judging results. Understand we should thank Anne & Jay Walker (SVD) for starting this event back in the mid 90’s. 

            4. Winter Social – The VW Pool Board has offered their facility for a winter Social, and willing to let the CAWSV take lead on this one. I thought the International Day was a great idea, but do you have any ideas and are you willing to coordinate such an event?


John Cooley


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